Vegan burgers are better for the more health-conscious, plus being an eco-friendly and ethical choice. They also have the other characteristics needed to reach their goal of replacing beef burgers. 

These are the reasons why  meat alternatives are the future of food:

1) Meat alternatives address a current crisis that is endangering our survival. They can help us slow climate change and feed a projected world population of 10 billion with protein free from antibiotics and other health hazards.

2) They allow us to continue enjoying familiar dishes.

3) They can help us to become more compassionate and follow our ethical beliefs. According to a study, almost half of Americans believe that animals deserve the same rights as humans. Meat alternatives have the potential to spare billions of sentient beings from a horrible existence; beings who have been proven to be worthy of our protection — be it in terms of their intelligence, their social lives, their distinct personalities, or simply their ability to suffer.

Beyond Meat’s stock price nearly tripled during their first day of trading, making the company the most successful IPO of 2019 so far. Impossible Foods, the producer of the Impossible Burger, might become the next vegan producer to go public.

Beyond Meat’s impressive IPO can be seen as a sign that investors are not only aware of, but also willing to bet on the future of meat alternatives. It’s a surprising turn of events considering how divisively plant-based and cultured meats are being received and discussed by society at large.

Outside the stock market, meat alternatives are simultaneously hailed as the next food revolution and dismissed as a vegan hype phenomenon. Meat substitutes, common criticism goes, are “not natural,” too expensive, highly-processed, and worst of all, inferior imitations that “don’t taste like the real thing.” How legitimate are these claims and what do they mean for our future of eating?

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